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Eat This, Not That: Foods to Avoid After Dental Implant Surgery

March 15, 2024

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Patient eating after dental implant surgery

So, you just completed your dental implant surgery? Congratulations! You’ve invested in your smile for the long-haul. Now, you’ll need proper care and attention during this critical recovery period. One of the most important things for you to do now is consider your diet. Good, wholesome food supports healing and minimizes the risk of complications. However, there are some foods that can have the opposite effect. Read on to find a helpful guide to the foods you should avoid after dental implant surgery.


Can You Kiss with Dentures?

February 5, 2024

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older couple embracing

As Valentine’s Day draws nearer, there are some concerns that may arise for denture wearers with partners or a special someone they’re planning a date with: Can kissing with dentures be comfortable? Many wonder how their prosthetics might affect intimate moments. However, with proper fit and care, kissing with dentures can often be enjoyable and painless. Explore whether kissing with dentures is possible.


4 Holiday Hors D’oeuvres Ideas That Are Tooth-Friendly

December 1, 2023

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Cookies and candy cane on holiday tableThere are endless foods that will make your mouth water during the holidays, which can lead to a slightly larger waistline if you aren’t careful. However, some extra weight isn’t the only concern. Believe it or not, the season can be a bad time for your dental health because you probably snack more often. Not to mention, many snacks contribute to tooth decay. The holidays don’t have to ruin your dental health. Here are 4 festive appetizers you can enjoy.


Stain-Resistant but Not Stain-Proof: Is Coffee Safe for Veneers?

November 10, 2023

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Veneers can radically transform a smile by covering flaws like cracks, chips, stains, and gaps, and they can even be used to realign the teeth without orthodontic treatments in some cases. For this reason, they are the open secret behind the uncanny smiles of many Hollywood stars. While they are stain-resistant, they are not stain-proof. Here’s what you should know about drinking coffee after getting veneers.


Realignment Assignment: 3 Reasons You Should Wear Your Invisalign Retainer

October 27, 2023

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A woman showing off her last Invisalign tray and her retainer

Invisalign is becoming an increasingly popular way to realign your teeth for a perfect smile. If you’ve experienced great results with the system, that’s great! However, the work isn’t over yet. If they haven’t already, your dentist will provide you with a retainer you’ll need to use to maintain your results.

If you want to know why your retainer is so important to your treatment and your oral health, continue reading.


The Top 7 Oral Care Habits to Honor Dental Hygiene Month

October 20, 2023

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A father and daughter celebrate oral hygiene month by brushing their teeth together

October is officially Dental Hygiene Month and is the perfect time to recommit to your oral health! Maintaining excellent dental hygiene is the cornerstone of a radiant smile and wellness overall. Continue reading to learn seven essential oral care habits to honor this month and carry you through years to come.


Everything You Need to Know About Cosmetic Dental Bonding

September 15, 2023

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A woman having a dental bonding treatment

Anyone who has ever slipped in a bathtub can tell you that chipped teeth aren’t ideal. Not only can they detract from the appearance of your smile, but they’re also weaker and more susceptible to infection and damage. When you go to the dentist, there are a few options for restoration possible, but cosmetic dental bonding is by far the most pragmatic.

If you’re curious about this treatment – its benefits and its process, continue reading. Knowledge can help you make an informed decision about your oral health.


Invisalign With Dental Crowns, Bridges, and Veneers

August 15, 2023

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Blurry green background of a woman with brown hair smiling while she holds a clear aligner tray in the foreground

Cosmetic dentistry has become increasingly popular over the past few decades as more people achieve their ideal smiles. Solutions like dental crowns, bridges, and veneers have helped millions restore their pearly whites to perfection. These services can be used to fill in gaps, cover chipped or damaged teeth, and hide any discoloration. They can even help teeth appear straighter, though they do not in fact reposition your teeth. Because of this, many patients wonder if they can begin orthodontic treatment, like Invisalign, to correct their teeth if they have had this kind of cosmetic or restorative work done. Keep reading to find out!


The Differences Between Dental Crowns and Fillings

July 6, 2023

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3D render of a filled tooth

Usually, restorative care is one of those things where people just take whatever their dentist gives them and don’t ask any questions. However, most of the better dentists want their patients to understand the reasoning behind any decision that they make.

For example, dental crowns and fillings are two of the treatments used most often in restorative dentistry, but people often don’t understand the differences between them or the advantages of each one. If you want to know more about these treatments, here’s some information that you might find useful.


4 Reasons to Get Your Smile Checked Before Summer Vacation!

June 11, 2023

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a woman with a beautiful smile enjoying her summer vacation

One of the most anticipated times of the year is summer. This special season brings many fun moments, especially vacations! Whether it’s time to soak up the sun on the beach or a long-awaited trip overseas, you want your trip to go as smoothly as possible. That’s why you should take the time to visit your dentist for a checkup before you leave. Here are four reasons why!

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